Flower power: Green-fingered kids mark annual St Matthews Day


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PLANTING: Children from St Matthews CE were joined by their parents and teachers as they planted tulip bulbs across the school grounds last week

PLANTING: Children from St Matthews CE were joined by their parents and teachers as they planted tulip bulbs across the school grounds last week

As children settle back into their academic lives following the summer holidays, one Bradford school invited their pupils, parents and staff to join in a special coffee morning last week in aid of charity.

St Matthews CE Primary, in West Bowling, held their own Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 18th September, where hundreds of tulip bulbs were planted across the school’s grounds.

Following on from a successful project last year with sunflowers, the school’s stakeholders worked together to plant tulips as an act of ‘remembrance’ whilst raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

As well as planting bulbs, parents were able to tour the school and meet with their children’s new teachers, whilst of course enjoying a cup of coffee.

Over 100 people attended the event, and for headteacher Bob Curran, it was a fitting day, just before a landmark occasion in the school’s calendar.

He said: “Friday was a special day for the school as it was our St Matthew’s Day, which was celebrated by the church on Sunday.

“Last year parents, children and staff planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs and this year we decided to plant tulips whilst asking for donations for Macmillan. We encouraged people to use the bulb planting as an act of remembrance.”

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He added: “Parents also came into school to see their children’s new classroom and meet their teacher at the start of the new school year.”

Macmillan Coffee Mornings are the biggest Macmillan fundraising event for people facing cancer.

Groups all over the UK host their own events throughout the year with donations on the day going to the nationwide charity. In 2014, over £25million was raised through the initiative.

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